WATERVILLE, November 2014 -- Thomas College Academic Dean James D. Libby announced that international relations and ethics expert Yvonne R. Davis, President and CEO of Davis World Training, will be a guest speaker at Thomas College at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, November 17 in a Principles of International Business course. Davis is a former appointee of both the Bush and Obama Administrations, and her client list ranges from Exxon-Mobile to the National Football League. Davis will be available for media interviews following her speech.
Yvonne R. Davis is an internationally recognized leadership development coach, speaker, and award winning journalist. She is an expert in cross-cultural and global emerging markets, understanding what drives government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations in challenging times to bring insight and viable solutions. Throughout her remarkable 20-year plus career, she has spear headed initiatives that impact social and political change, both domestically and internationally. As a political columnist, corporate crisis strategist, and seasoned traveler, Ms. Davis has visited 56 countries, enabling her to greatly enhance her knowledge of the world community. She is passionate about critical economic and socio-political issues in the Middle East & North Africa Region, Africa, Central and South Asia, the Balkans and Eastern Europe. She continues to play a crucial role in developing strategies to advance the status of women in these developing regions.
Ms. Davis drives crisis management and negotiation strategy initiatives that are utilized by the public and private sectors. It was through her highly intuitive capabilities and relationship building that she gained great respect as the first woman to teach negotiation skills to Palestinian women leaders.
In 2009, Ms. Davis teamed with Dr. Dorothy Bassett, Dean of the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement (SLPA) at Duquesne University to launch a first-of-its-kind M.S. of Science in Global Leadership on-line. The purpose of the program is to build partnerships between the SLPA program and Universities in developing nations to present this graduate program on-line. Faculty around the world work together to teach students about leadership from the cultural perspective. Students team together in a world-wide virtual classroom.
Ms. Davis was an appointee of former President George W. Bush. She is appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut to the position of Commissioner for the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. She worked with the White House from 2001 to 2005 on housing, small business, HIV/AIDs in Africa, Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), global trade, welfare reform and women's issues. She is a member of board of directors for the Connecticut World Affairs Council and a member of the Board for the Al Waref Foundation (A Middle Eastern Policy and Public Affairs think tank in Washington, DC, Lebanon and Morocco). She is also an Ambassador for the Goodwill Treaty for Peace. In February 2010, Ms. Davis was bestowed a humanitarian award by Orphan's International; a U.N. sanction organization. She was honored for her leadership.
Ms. Davis has won several business awards, journalism awards (best feature writer and investigative reporter). As evidenced in her thought provoking writing style, Ms. Davis articulates a unique and "out of the box" point of viewpoint that compels readers to examine their own ideas. She is columnist for the Huffington Post and Arab News. She writes op-ed pieces for the Hartford Courant, Tribune newspaper. She was a freelance writer for an elite travel magazine "Odyssey Coleur." She has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, including "Russian Magazine," The New York Times, Jerusalem Post, Palestinian Times, "Black Enterprise Magazine," New Century Newspaper in Uzbekistan, Kenyan Newspapers and "Hartford Magazine." In 2009, she was featured on Persian Voice of America television for her work around the world. Sought for expertise, she has been interviewed by NPR, CBC and BBC World News. Ms. Davis is a well-known lecturer on American Politics, Leadership and Media.
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